Complex Discharge Practitioner (CDP)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 06, 2023
Offerd Salary:£33,706 - £40,588
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Contract Type:12 month fixed term
Working Time:Full time
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Complex Discharge Practitioner (CDP) Band 6

Main area

Acute Discharge Hub


Band 6


Fixed term: 12 months


Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£33,706 - £40,588 pa

Salary period



06/02/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

We have an opportunity for a 12 month fixed term or 12 month seocndment for a Complex Discharge Practitioner CDP, within the Complex Discharge Team (CDT) at UHS. We are seeking a patient focused and highly motivated Registered Nurse, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to join us. The successful applicant will be responsible for guiding patients and their families through the discharge process by completing assessments, supporting wards, gathering clinical evidence and coordinating with different local authorities.

The role is full time with working hours from 8-4pm. It will be expected that you will work some weekends. The CDT works across the Trust. We facilitate the timely and efficient discharge of patient with complex needs with safety always as our priority. As a CDP you will be on the wards, using your clinical reasoning skills to understand the patient's clinical presentation, prognosis and discharge pathway.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you'll do

The post holder will need a keen interest in the timely and efficient discharge process of patients with complex needs, undertaking the assessment and discharge planning of patients within the defined clinical area, working under direction of the Complex Discharge Lead, using their clinical knowledge and experience to support other members of the team, completing their own assessments and interventions where indicated. The post holder will also be responsible for the management of identified B2-4 staff, to carry out supervision including appraisals.

What we're looking for

You will be expected to be a confident communicator with excellent organisational skills. You will be required to liaise with family members, patients and members of the Multidisciplinary Team on a regular basis and be competent with IT systems that facilitate this. You will need to demonstrate an ability to work in a busy and pressurised environment, be able to provide highly specialised clinical discharge planning advice both within the Trust and externally, to other team members, and to health and social care professionals. In return we can offer you the opportunity to develop your managerial skills and gain a wider knowledge with regards to Health and Social care systems and processes. You will also form an integral part of the Trust wide training strategy for complex discharge.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday, 10 February 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • First level Registered Nurse, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
  • Professional and clinical knowledge around complex discharge issues, and a willingness to develop such knowledge
  • Desirable criteria
  • Recognised teaching/mentorship qualification or equivalent experience
  • Experience in using the APEX complex discharge database
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Significant post registration experience across a broad range of clinical areas within an acute UK hospital setting
  • Experience in involvement with complex discharge
  • Experience of managing own caseload of patients and supervising the caseload of more junior staff members
  • Basic understanding of Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and associated processes
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of Social Services
  • Working knowledge of the legislation concerning complex discharge
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Experience of supervising junior staff members
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching
  • Specialist interest in complex discharge
  • Knowledge of current issues within Healthcare and Social Care
  • Knowledge of how health care, social care, voluntary,private and clinical commissioning groups work together
  • Experience of working in an integrated team, and/or across acute/community organisationsal boundaries
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Communicates effectively in both spoken and written English
  • Excellent interpersonal / communication skills
  • Ability to recieve and communicate highly complex and sensitive information concerning patients medical condition and care planning
  • Ability to manage conflict and negotiation Ability to deal with situations requiring analysis and assessment around suitability for discharge, which may not always be straightforward
  • Ability to work accurately and prioritise workload in order to deliver agreed objectives and KPI's
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and the workload of junior staff
  • Ability to manage multiple demands in relation to workload and work with a flexible approach
  • Able to advocate for patients and relatives
  • Ability to participate in research in relation to role in complex discharge
  • Well developed IT skills
  • Ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders to co-ordinate complex discharge plans
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience of writing reports and analysing data
  • Experience of contributing to complaint responses
  • Experience in managing HR issues such as sickness, performance etc
  • Experience of leading patient centred meetings
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Flexible working arrangements across 7 days
  • Ability to manage change
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 245.9KB)
  • Person Specification (PDF, 296.6KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Aly Burcombe-Filer

    Job title

    Team Leader Complex Discharge

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    023 8120 5395
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